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Saturday 16th March 2019

CHRIS WOOD : 8pm

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.

A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.

His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he's won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England.

Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others.

On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

"... at art school they said I had a remarkable eye for trivia, like it was a bad thing."

Praise for ‘So Much to Defend’:

fROOTS MAGAZINE

“Chris Wood might be the Ken Loach of songwriting. Very political, but at the same time full of compassion, and he grows sharper and more acute with each passing album. He’s good, quite probably the very best we have today, and we

need him more than ever.”

ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE

“Steeped in tradition, yet always striving for a new day, this is a glorious album proving that Chris Wood is a bit of a national treasure.

Other press quotes:

The Herald ***** 5 Stars

“As close as it gets to a perfect union of voice and guitar, lyrics and melody, compassion, irony, realism, wit, and humanity.”

THE IRISH TIMES ***** 5 Stars “Nobody comes even close to equaling his bird’s-eye-view.”

MOJO **** 4 Stars “a rarefied talent, both as writer and interpreter.”

Praise for ‘None The Wiser’:

INDEPENDENT ***** 5 Stars

“The title track alone is a masterpiece”

EXPRESS ***** 5 Stars

“Wood has honed his songwriting to perfection here… heartbreaking purity.”

THE GUARDIAN **** 4 Stars

“Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”

SONGLINES “a quietly powerful, astute and vivid set of songs… A folk–soul album”

“Chris takes a traditional song and has you absolutely gripped…. He makes it really obvious why it is of contemporary relevance. On the flip side, he has managed this magical thing, writing songs on contemporary themes, or putting music to Hugh Lupton’s words, that absolutely fit hand in glove with traditional songs, but are totally modern.”

— Ian Anderson (fRoots Magazine)

Nominated Best Original Song ‘None the Wiser’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

Songwriter of the Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014

Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song ‘Hollow Point’

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011
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Friday 22nd March 2019

FRIDAY NIGHT FRED TALKS : 8pm

Friday night Fred Talks returns with another three fascinating short talks by invited speakers.
Spend a relaxing evening at the end of the week listening to fascinating speakers on subjects that could include anything except politics, religion and sales pitches!
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Saturday 23rd March 2019

THE HUT PEOPLE : 8pm

“The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively – because they’re so good!” Swaledale Festival

Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE best loved, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.

Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.

In 2017, The Hut People released their 4th studio album on the Fellside label entitled 'Routes'.

Tunes forging pathways and routes underground; across the oceans and traversing motorways. Infectious melodies and foot-tapping rhythms packed into containers laden with grooves from South Africa, Quebec and across the globe; North, South, East and West.

‘Routes’ is their most expansive and thoughtful journey yet. Jump on board and enjoy the ride.

“a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious…

"Their own tunes are remarkable for their inspiration... Throughout, the music is full of life, designed to raise a smile" RnR

"There's so much going on that you hear something new each time it is played. Sam Pirt's accordion leads all the tunes, whilst percussionist extraordinaire Gary Hammond provides an amazing array of textures and colours. Routes certainly brightens up the dull grey days of winter, but will be just as good a listen for the rest of the year…Remarkable" THE LIVING TRADITION

“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” SONGLINES “This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.” THE SCOTSMAN

"The Hut People are not afraid to play around with sounds and rhythms whilst remaining true to the spirit of the slips, jigs and reels, creating a refreshing and toe tapping set of contemporary folk that puts a smile on your face." ROCK SOCIETY MAG
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Saturday 30th March 2019

SPRING INTO SUMMER 2019 : 6am - Midnight

From 6am to midnight we will fill The Chipping Hall and The Chipping Club Rooms with an amazing celebratory mix of music, readings, performances, art demos, talks, lessons, song and dance. We promise a wonderful day for the community - refreshments will be available all day.


All events free but buckets will be rattled to help raise funds for UTEA.

Full details of the programme coming soon.

Saturday 6th April 2019

GAVIN THORPE supported by Lauren Walker : 8pm

Gavin Thorpe grew up in Wotton-Under-Edge before moving to Bristol to pursue his dream of becoming a professional singer/songwriter. He was spotted in 2001 by a talent scout and went on to sign a seven album deal with Atlantic Records. His folky, britpop-esque style has led to his music appearing on a major motion picture and countless TV pro-grammes worldwide.

We are thrilled to welcome him “home” for this very special performance.

Supported by one of Wotton's finest songstresses Lauren Walker
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